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Generative AI Workshop Series: Essays and Long-answer Assignments

September 28 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

NED: Academic Technologies

Generative AI Workshop Series

Does the rapid emergence of generative AI applications like ChatGPT have you rethinking your course assignments? Have you moved from, “What’s ChatGPT?” to “How do I encourage authentic writing when all of my students are using ChatGPT?”

Join us this fall for a series of conversations about the impact of generative AI on writing assignments. We will focus on a specific type of assignment each month: online discussions, essays and other long-answer assignments, and lab and study reports. 

Register for each session of the three-part series:

1) Online Discussions: September 13 – Register

2) Essays and Long-answer Assignments: September 28 – Register below

3) Lab and Study Reports: October 6 – Register 

Essays and Long-answer Assignments

Generative AI Workshop Series

Generative AI can roll out original essays with astonishing speed and clarity of structure. In this session, we will discuss strategies for re-examining the purpose, timeline, and follow-up activities for your writing assignments that will deepen students’ connections to the topic, and either subvert the interest in using generative AI, or to facilitate working alongside it.

Learning Objectives 

  • Explain how students are currently using tools like ChatGPT to generate contributions to essays and long-answer assignments.  
  • Re-evaluate the purpose, timeline, and follow-up activities for your writing assignments 
  • List at least one change you could make to at least one current assignment to encourage authentic contributions. 
  • Explain how you will set student expectations regarding their use of generative AI in your essays and long-answer assignments. 

RSVP Required

Use the RSVP tool below to register.

After registering, a calendar invite with details on how to join will be sent to you, please add this event to your calendar.

Accommodations: If you require accommodations (live captioning, etc.) to participate in this event, please send an email to the person at the bottom of this page.


Contact facilitators Ken Graetz, Kathleen Coate, and Kelli Hallsten Erikson.


RSVP to register. You will receive a calendar invite with Zoom details, please add this to your calendar.

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September 28
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Kathleen Coate, Ken Graetz, Kelli Hallsten Erickson
Academic Technologies
Building Awareness

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